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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

*In a Nutshell:* Unlike last weekend at Montreal, Marcos Ambrose did not have the best car in the field. But unlike last weekend, Ambrose capitalized during Saturday's race at Watkins Glen, scoring his first career NASCAR victory with a win in the Zippo 200. Ambrose ran in the third position for most of the event’s second half, stalking a furious battle between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton that saw both Cup stars forced to pit with less than ten laps to go for fuel. Ambrose then cruised to an easy win, which also catapulted his No. 59 into the Top 10 in Nationwide Series points. Kyle Busch scored a strong runner-up finish for D’Hondt Motorsports in the team’s first Nationwide Series race of the season, with Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and polesitter Dario Franchitti rounding out the Top 5.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal

*In a Nutshell:* The NAPA 200 didn’t really start until Lap 8, when rains descended on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. But rather than postponing the event, NASCAR red-flagged the field and allowed teams to change their cars over to a rain package, putting on grooved tires and installing windshield wipers, brake lights, and defoggers. From there, it became a learning experience for most in the field, and the road ringers moved to the front -- with Marcos Ambrose putting on a clinic in wet-course driving. Ambrose led 27 consecutive laps and built an eight second lead over Max Papis, maintaining the lead even after slipping off course under green. Pit lane, however, snakebit Ambrose and the No. 59. Ambrose nearly spun in the pits while leading, and then received a speeding penalty to boot. That handed the lead to Ron Fellows, who had short-pitted earlier in the event, allowing the native Canadian to lead until the race was finally red-flagged for heavy rain and a lack of visibility. For Fellows, it was his fourth career Nationwide Series win, and the first at any level for him on the Montreal road course named after his racing hero Gilles Villeneuve. Fellow road-ringers Patrick Carpentier and Boris Said scored Top 5 finishes.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350K at Sonoma

_Each week, we’ll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It’s the most original commentary you’ll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here’s a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway:_ "When we were here on Friday, I thought it was going to be a miserable weekend. I was wondering which tire barrier I was going to put it in. But we came so far; we've never turned a race car around so much. We came from 30th to 13th during that first green-flag run before the first caution -- that was pretty cool." _Kyle Busch_

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Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans: Road Course Leads To Roster Shakeup At Sonoma

Twists and turns, ups and downs, fuel mileage and wine -- all will come into play this weekend at Infineon Raceway for the Cup Series. But this weekend’s race filled with left _and_ right turns can really play havoc on fantasy teams where owners are limited to only live drivers and no bench. Road courses can really tax a team who has been running well but has one or two drivers who are not successful at them. On the other hand, if your team is in trouble, this weekend will offer a chance for you to take a big swing by putting some road course ringers or drivers who are not on active rosters onto your team for the weekend. But you've got to be careful. Some drivers you might not associate with road racing actually have good numbers at Sonoma, and some others you might think could be good may surprise you with how subpar they really are. To get the best choices for drivers who will be the prime vintage this weekend, read on to see who the experts chose this week in Picks 'N' Pans. *Bryan’s Race Rewind:* One year ago, hotshot rookie Juan Pablo Montoya became the first foreign driver since Earl Ross in 1974 to be victorious in a Sprint Cup Series race, winning the fuel mileage battle in the Toyota Save Mart 350K at Infineon Raceway. Jamie McMurray, who sat on the pole and led 30 laps, was in position to score his first win for Roush Fenway Racing at the time when Montoya passed him for the lead in a furious battle on Lap 104.

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Corona 200 at Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City:_ "It's a pretty phenomenal day for these Joe Gibbs Racing guys. They did an awesome job once again. We ran up front a good bit of the race; [Pruett] was just blocking a little bit too much, I believe. Now I understand why he got dumped last year. And if it came down to it, he was going to be again. [But he] smoked the tires, and I was able to get by him." _Kyle Busch, Mexico City winner_

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

*In a Nutshell:* The stage was set for Scott Pruett to avenge his crushing loss in this race last year. With Brad Parrott on the pit box and driving Juan Montoya's race winning car from 2007, Pruett was the class of the field. Pruett and the No. 40 team built a commanding lead and were in position to win the race. A late race caution, however, erased Pruett's lead and put Kyle Busch and the No. 20 on his tail. Pruett held off Busch for a while, but used up his tires in the process, leaving Busch to score his third consecutive Nationwide Series win and first ever NASCAR win on a road course. Busch was celebratory in victory lane, but he refused again to answer whether he has decided to run for the Nationwide Series title, stating that the decision to run Nationwide races would continue to be made on a race by race basis. “We're not ready to let that one out of the bag” said Busch. Busch remained third in the points after the race, but moved within 66 points of Clint Bowyer, who kept his points lead with a sixth place finish. Carl Edwards finished third in the race and now trails Bowyer by only nine points in the series standings.

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2007 Driver Review: Boris Said

*2007 Ride*: No. 60 No Fear Racing Ford (limited schedule) No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (Watkins Glen - August) No. 98 Gillett - Evernham Motorsports Dodge (Loudon - Sept.) *2007 Primary Sponsor*: SoBe No Fear Energy Drink (No. 60) Little Debbies (No. 21) Valvoline (No. 98) *2007 Owner*: Mark Simo (No. 60) Wood Brothers (No. 21) Ray Evernham (No. 98) *2007 Crew Chief*: Frankie Stoddard (No. 60) Michael "Fatback" McSwain (No. 21) Randy Seals (No. 98) *Stats* : 5 Races, 0 Wins, 0 Top 5s, 1 Top 10, 51st in points. *Best Finish* : 8th - Infineon, June. *High Point*: We are accustomed to seeing Boris Said excel on the road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen, so it comes as no surprise to see a Top 10 finish in his season stats. However, no one expected such a solid performance from Said in the Daytona 500. Said qualified the No. 60 SoBe No Fear Energy Drink Ford sixth overall, and started the biggest race of the year in the 23rd position following a solid performance in his Gatorade Duel. After taking the green flag, Said quickly fell to the rear of the restrictor plate drafting pack - but it turned out to be to his advantage. Avoiding all the wrecks and carnage, Said was able to bring it home 14th, completing all 202 laps and taking in a cool $265,375 in the process.

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Go Or Go Home Cars Qualifying Together? It’s About Time

This past weekend, qualifying for Sunday's Centurion at the Glen was rained out on Friday, forcing several part-time teams to load their cars back onto their transporters without any type of opportunity to make the race. With the amount of money and effort the teams that battling for the last eight spots in the starting field have put forth just to get to the track, such a haphazard solution hardly seemed fair. Just ask part-time competitor and fan phenomenon Boris Said about the issue: "For a part-time team, you don't get to race that much, and (for) two races in a row get taken away (due to rain is tough)," claimed the road course veteran-turned future NASCAR full-time driver back at the Glen, who is running his own team this year in a handful of events. "I don't understand why the schedule can't be adjusted and (we) just qualify tomorrow when it's going to be sunny. It's just hard for a small team. It pretty much puts us out of business. It puts me out of business. It's just a lot of income lost."

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Wood Brothers Racing Benefits From NASCAR’s Stubbornness

As it often is in motorsports, one team's loss is another team's gain. One day after rain washed out qualifying sending road-course ace *Boris Said* and the No. 60 SoBe No Fear Racing team home, Bill Elliot generously offered his Wood Brothers seat to Said in an effort to move the No. 21 car back into the Top 35 . It was the second straight race in a span of two months that Said was not even given the opportunity to qualify for the event because of mother nature, NASCAR's pitiful Top 35 rule and lack of effort to alter the schedule to fit in qualifying. Although he got a ride in the end Said wasn't afraid to voice his frustrations about what NASCAR's ruling did to his good friend and car owner Mark Simo. "For a part-time team, you don't get to race that much, and two races in a row get taken away. I don't understand why the schedule can't be adjusted and just qualify tomorrow when it's going to be sunny," he said. "It's just hard for a small team. It pretty much puts us out of business. It puts me out of business. It's just a lot of income lost."

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